CHL announces 2016-17 Award winners

Windsor – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the 10 national award winners for the 2016-17 season including Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters who earned Sportsnet CHL Player of the Year honours.

Photo by Aaron Bell/CHL Images
2017 CHL Award Winners. Photo by Aaron Bell/CHL Images

The awards were presented as part of the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup festivities in Windsor.

2016-17 CHL Award Winners:

Sherwin-Williams Top Prospect Award: Nolan Patrick, Brandon Wheat Kings

Brandon Wheat Kings captain Nolan Patrick is listed number one in NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings for the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago.  The 18-year-old forward from Winnipeg, MB, wrapped up his third WHL season with 20 goals and 26 assists for 46 points limited to just 33 games played due to injury.  He is the first WHL player to earn this award since Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks in 2013, and could be the first western Canadian to be chosen first overall since Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Red Deer Rebels in 2011.  Finalists for the award include Nico Hischier of the Halifax Mooseheads who was listed second by NHL Central Scouting, and Gabe Vilardi of the Windsor Spitfires ranked fourth.

Chrysler Top Scorer Award: Sam Steel, Regina Pats

Anaheim Ducks prospect Sam Steel led the CHL with 131 points in 66 games played scoring 50 goals and 81 assists along with a plus-minus rating of plus-49 helping the Regina Pats to a first place finish atop the WHL’s regular season standings.  The 19-year-old from Sherwood Park, AB, delivered the CHL’s highest point total since Brendan Shinnimin of the Tri-City Americans recorded 134 points in 69 games played during the 2011-12 campaign.  Finalists for the award were Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters with 127 points in 63 games, and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Vitalii Abramov of the Gatineau Olympiques who scored 104 points in 66 games this season.

 BRP Sportsman of the Year Award: Nick Suzuki, Owen Sound Attack

2017 NHL Draft prospect Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack finished fifth in OHL scoring with 96 points including 45 goals and 51 assists in 65 games played with a plus-minus rating of plus-51 while recording just 10 penalty minutes.  The 17-year-old from London, ON, is listed tenth by NHL Central Scouting and helped the Attack secure franchise best marks of 49 wins and 102 points this season.  Finalists for the award were Tyler Steenbergen of the Swift Current Broncos and Hugo Roy of the Sherbrooke Phoenix.

Mastercard Humanitarian of the Year Award: Tyler Wong, Lethbridge Hurricanes

Lethbridge Hurricanes captain Tyler Wong is the CHL’s Humanitarian of the Year after being named a finalist for the award last season, establishing himself as an exceptional ambassador for his team and the league both on and off the ice.  The 21-year-old from Cochrane, AB, carried forward the ‘Canes KidSport program he introduced a year ago which donates $5 to KidSport Lethbridge & Taber for each goal he scores.  Powered by 51 goals of his own and with the help from teammates, alumni, and the community, the initiative surpassed all expectations and raised over $13,000 this season.  Finalists for the award were Garrett McFadden of the Guelph Storm and two-time nominee Samuel Laberge of the Rimouski Oceanic.

CIBC Scholastic Player of the Year Award: Sasha Chmelevski, Ottawa 67’s

2017 NHL Draft prospect Sasha Chmelevski of the Ottawa 67’s achieved a 98% average across his six Grade 12 courses through Michigan’s Virtual Charter Academy.  The 17-year-old from Northville, Michigan, also scored 21 goals and 22 assists for 43 points in 58 games appearing 43rd among North American players listed by NHL Central Scouting.  Finalists for the award were Brian King of the Everett Silvertips and Antoine Samuel of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar.

Sofina Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award: Ryan McGill, Owen Sound Attack

Ryan McGill led the Owen Sound Attack to an all-time franchise best record of 49-15-2-2 for 102 points surpassing the club’s previous highs of 46 wins and 97 points set during the 2010-11 season.  The 48-year-old from Sherwood Park, AB, helped the Attack become the league’s most improved team in just his second season behind the bench increasing their win total by 17 and point total by 27 while establishing a franchise record 15-game winning-streak and surrendering an OHL-low 177 goals against.  McGill was previously nominated for this award in 2013 during his tenure with the Kootenay Ice.  Finalists for the award were John Paddock of the Regina Pats and Danny Flynn of the Saint John Sea Dogs.


CCM Rookie of the Year Award: Nico Hischier, Halifax Mooseheads

2017 NHL Draft prospect Nico Hischier of the Halifax Mooseheads led all rookies in scoring with 86 points in 57 games including 38 goals and 48 assists.  The 18-year-old from Naters, Switzerland, was chosen sixth overall in the 2016 CHL Import Draft and is listed second in NHL Central Scouting’s final draft rankings.  He becomes the second Moosehead to win the award following current Winnipeg Jet Nikolaj Ehlers in 2014, and will challenge for the NHL’s top pick in June where he would follow 2013 first overall pick and Moosehead grad Nathan MacKinnon who currently stars with the Colorado Avalanche.  Finalists for the award were Aleksi Heponiemi of the Swift Current Broncos and Ryan Merkley of the Guelph Storm.

Vaughn Goaltender of the Year Award: Michael McNiven, Owen Sound Attack
Montreal Canadiens prospect Michael McNiven of the Owen Sound Attack carried a record of 41-9-2-2 including six shutout victories that tied for an OHL-high, while also posting a league-low goals-against-average of 2.30 and save percentage of .915 that ranked sixth overall in the OHL.  The 41 wins by the 19-year-old from Georgetown, ON, led the OHL this season and established a new Attack single season record while his shutout tally brings his three-year career total to 11 which is also a new team mark.  Finalists for the award were Philadelphia Flyers prospect Carter Hart who was the 2015-16 recipient, and Francis Leclerc of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.

Superstore Defenceman of the Year Award: Thomas Chabot, Saint John Sea Dogs
Ottawa Senators prospect Thomas Chabot of the Saint John Sea Dogs is the CHL’s Defenceman of the Year after scoring 10 goals and 35 assists for 45 points in just 34 games played.  The 20-year-old from Ste-Marie-de-Beauce, QC, was also a member of Canada’s National Junior Team earning a silver medal and Tournament MVP honours at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.  The 18th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft helped the Sea Dogs to a first place finish in the QMJHL this season.  Finalists for the award were Edmonton Oilers prospect Ethan Bear of the Seattle Thunderbirds and Darren Raddysh of the Erie Otters.

Sportsnet Player of the Year Award: Alex DeBrincat, Erie Otters
Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters led the OHL with 127 points in 63 games scoring 65 goals and 62 assists along with a plus-minus rating of plus-60.  The 19-year-old from Farmington Hills, Michigan, helped the Otters capture a second straight regular season title and set a CHL record with their fourth straight 50-win season.  The former CHL Rookie of the Year set a team record for goals in a season while eclipsing the 50-goal and 100-point plateau for the third straight season.  He is the second Otter to win the award in three seasons following current Edmonton Oilers star and NHL Top Scorer Connor McDavid who received the honour in 2015.  Finalists for the award were Anaheim Ducks prospect Sam Steel of the Regina Pats, and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Vitalii Abramov of the Gatineau Olympiques.

Gabriel Vilardi – Windsor Spitfires – Player Profile

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 200 pounds

Date of birth: August 16, 1999

Hometown: Kingston, Ontario

Position: Center/Wing

Shoots: Right

OHL Draft: Round 1, 2nd overall, 2015 Priority Selection

Windsor Spitfires forward Gabriel Vilardi played his Minor Midget AAA hockey for the CIHA Voyageurs during the 2014-2015 season in which he scored 18 goals and 21 assists in 21 games. The CIHA is the Canadian International Hockey Academy, a premier hockey prep school in Eastern Ontario. He was named the Hockey Eastern Ontario (HEO) Player of the Year.

Gabriel Vilardi of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Gabriel Vilardi of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

At the OHL Gold Cup, Vilardi appeared in 5 games scoring 4 goals and adding 5 assists. He would win gold at the World Hockey Challenge Under-17 with Team Canada White. In 6 games at the tournament, he scored 4 goals and added 3 assists. Windsor would make Vilardi the second overall pick at the 2015 Ontario Hockey League’s Priority Selection.

Last season, his rookie year with Windsor, Vilardi appeared in 62 games and scored 17 goals while adding 21 assists. He received some quality powerplay time and scored 4 goals while adding 7 assists on the PP. He was named to the OHL Second All-Rookie Team.

Everything pointed to an excellent draft year for Vilardi. But a knee injury he suffered at Team Canada’s camp kept him out of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and delayed the start of his OHL season. On November 21, 2016, he underwent an emergency appendectomy and would miss the next 5 weeks.

Despite the time missed, Vilardi still managed to put up 29 goals and 32 assists in 49 regular season games and finished among the top ten among draft eligible players in goals, points and faceoff winning percentage. Despite being a natural center, he spent a lot of time on the wing for the Spitfires.

If he isn’t already, Vilardi is the closest draft eligible player in the OHL to being NHL ready. There are issues with his skating, but it isn’t a huge issue that can prevent him from success at the NHL level. Overall and first step speed is lacking, but if he puts in the necessary work, it’s an area that he can certainly improve.

Vilardi’s game is solid in all three zones. He puts the effort required in the defensive zone and puts himself in position to defend. In the neutral zone, he anticipates well and can create turnovers. Despite being above average defensively, his bread and butter comes from offense.

Vilardi’s vision and hockey sense is above average. He’s at his best with the puck on his stick as he can control the play in the o-zone. He has the size and strength to be able to keep control in battles along the wall or down low. And he has both the playmaking abilities to set up teammates or to score on his own. Simply, he makes everyone around him better.

The question that pops up most regarding Vilardi is: Is his game better suited for wing or center? There is no question he has the size, playmaking skills, vision and smarts to be a center in the NHL. If he can improve his foot speed, he’ll be successful at the position. I wouldn’t bet against him at any position.

Vilardi represented Canada at the Canada/Russia Super Series and participated at the Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

On NHL Central scouting’s mid-term rankings, Vilardi was ranked third among North American Skaters. On Bob McKenzie’s mid-term rankings, Vilardi was ranked 4th overall.

Gabriel Vilardi

This is the profile page of Gabriel Vilardi at Elite Prospects

 

Spitfires’ Gabriel Vilardi named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that 2017 NHL Draft prospect Gabriel Vilardi of the Windsor Spitfires is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 5 recording nine points including four goals and five assists in three games along with a plus-minus rating of plus-4.

Gabriel Vilardi of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Gabriel Vilardi of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Vilardi produced a trio of multi-point performances last week helping lead the offensive charge for the Mastercard Memorial Cup host Spitfires who won all three games.  The highlight of his week came Sunday recording a career-high five points including his second hat-trick of the season plus two assists as first star of a 7-1 win over the Sudbury Wolves.  Vilardi and the Spitfires also shone in Sportsnet’s spotlight winning twice before a national audience against two CHL ranked clubs.  On Thursday he scored a goal and an assist as first star of a 4-3 overtime triumph against the fifth ranked Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, then picked up two assists Saturday as second star in a 4-1 win over the fourth ranked London Knights.  The Spitfires now carry a record of 39-15-5-3 and remain fifth in the OHL’s Western Conference standings.

A 17-year-old from Kingston, ON, Vilardi is playing in his second season with the Spitfires who chose him second overall in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.  With 28 goals and 31 assists for 59 points in 43 games, Vilardi is listed third overall among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting for the 2017 NHL Draft.  He competed in January’s Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Quebec City scoring a goal for Team Cherry in their 7-5 win.

Also considered for the award this week was Tyler Wong of the Lethbridge Hurricanes who scored three goals and seven assists for 10 points in four games, and Mathieu Sévigny of the Drummondville Voltigeurs who scored five goals and two assists for seven points in three games.

2016-17 CHL Players of the Week:

Feb. 27 – Mar. 5: Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor Spitfires)
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Christophe Boivin (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Mathew Barzal (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Tyler Boland (Rimouski Oceanic)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Alexis D’Aoust (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Kole Sherwood (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Brayden Burke (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Adam Brooks (Regina Pats)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Vitalii Abramov (Gatineau Olympiques)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Hayden Hodgson (Saginaw Spirit)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Sergey Zborovskiy (Regina Pats)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Jayden Halbgewachs (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Alexander Katerinakis (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Nico Hischier (Halifax Mooseheads)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Bobby MacIntyre (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Cameron Askew (Moncton Wildcats)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Sam Steel (Regina Pats)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Kameron Kielly (Charlottetown Islanders)

CHL Leagues

Spitfires’ Gabriel Vilardi named Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that 2017 NHL Draft prospect Gabriel Vilardi of the Windsor Spitfires is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 5 after leading the league with nine points in three games scoring four goals and five assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-4.

Gabriel Vilardi of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Gabriel Vilardi of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Vilardi recorded a trio of multi-point performances last week for the Spitfires who won all three of their games to keep pace in the competitive Western Conference standings where they remain in fifth place with a 39-15-5-3 record just two points behind the Owen Sound Attack.  Vilardi and the Mastercard Memorial Cup hosts took full advantage of Sportsnet’s spotlight grabbing two wins against top-five CHL ranked competition including Thursday night over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Saturday afternoon against the London Knights both played before a national broadcast audience.  Vilardi began the week earning first star honours with a goal and an assist in the 4-3 overtime triumph against the Hounds, then earned second star recognition contributing two assists in the 4-1 victory against the Knights.  The OHL’s top ranked NHL Draft prospect elevated his play on Sunday with a career-high five points collecting his second hat-trick of the season as first star of a 7-1 win over the Sudbury Wolves.

A 17-year-old from Kingston, ON, Vilardi is playing in his second season with the Spitfires who chose him second overall in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.  He is listed third overall among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting for the 2017 NHL Draft and competed in January’s Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Quebec City scoring a goal for Team Cherry in their 7-5 win.  Vilardi currently has 28 goals and 31 assists for 59 points in 43 games and is the third Spitfire to earn the league’s weekly honour this season following teammates Michael DiPietro and Logan Brown.

Watch video highlights of Vilardi and the Spitfires against the Greyhounds, Knights, and Wolves.

Also considered for the award this week was fellow 2017 NHL Draft prospect Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack who scored five goals and one assist for six points in two games, and Los Angeles Kings prospect Spencer Watson of the Central Division champion Mississauga Steelheads who scored twice with five assists for seven points in three games.  In goal, rookie Matthew Villalta of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds posted a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory making 64 saves for a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .985.

2016-17 Pioneer Energy OHL Players of the Week:

Feb. 27 – Mar. 5: Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor Spitfires)
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Joseph Murdaca (Erie Otters)
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Spencer Watson (Mississauga Steelheads)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Hayden Hodgson (Saginaw Spirit)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Kole Sherwood (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Santino Centorame (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 26Jan. 1: Michael McNiven (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Jonathan Ang (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Troy Timpano (Erie Otters)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Max Jones (London Knights)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Logan Brown (Windsor Spitfires)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Matt Luff (Hamilton Bulldogs)

OHL’s Draft Eligible Player of the Month for October is Gabriel Vilardi

Well it is November 1st and every month of the Ontario Hockey League season is the time I select my player of the month eligible for the National Hockey League Draft. For October there was no easy choice as there were several worthy candidates. In the end, I settles on Gabriel Vilardi of the Windsor Spitfires.

Gabriel Vilardi of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Gabriel Vilardi of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

The OHL season began with Vilardi injured but he made his anticipated return showing no rust and on fire. In just 9 games through October, Vilardi scored 6 goals and 8 assists and finishing with a plus 5. His six goals came on twenty five shots, good for a 24 per cent shooting percentage.

In his nine games, Vilardi was named the game’s first star three times. He’s climbed up the Spitfires’ scoring chart and sits tied for second with his fourteen points which is tied for fifth among draft eligible players.

Also garnering attention is Mississauga Steelheads’ star Owen Tippet who leads the Steelheads (and tied for tops among draft eligible players) in scoring. In eleven October games Tippett registered twelve goals and four assists.

Two defencemen drew plenty of attention as well. Tippett’s teammate Nicolas Hague had 7 goals and 4 assists in 10 games while Noel Hoefenmayer of the Ottawa 67’s had 4 goals and 8 assists in 12 games.

In goal, Michael DiPietro posted a 5-2-0-0 record with a 2.25 goals against average and .924 save percentage with one shutout.

Previous Player of the month

October – Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor Spitfires)

September – Greg Meireles (Kitchener Rangers)

OHL’s Draft Eligible Statistical Leaders

It is November 1st and that means the Ontario Hockey League’s first full month of the season is now in the books. While the month ended on Halloween, there are no disguises, but a few surprises.

While we look at the League’s statistical leaders in various categories, remember we look at first time draft eligible players only. Those passed over in previous drafts are not included. For example, Oshawa Generals’ Domenic Commisso sits 18th in scoring with 18 points in 15 games, but because he was passed over at the 2016 National Hockey League Draft, he is not included here but is still eligible for the 2017 Draft.

Owen Tippett of the Mississauga Steelheads and Austen Keating of the Ottawa 67’s lead the scoring race with 18 points apiece. Right behind them sits Matthew Strome of the Hamilton Bulldogs with 17 points. However, it’s Gabriel Vilardi of the Windsor Spitfires, who began the season injured, leads in points per game with 1.56. Vilardi, considered the top prospect from the OHL has 14 points in just 9 games.

Austen Keating of the Ottawa 67's. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Austen Keating of the Ottawa 67’s. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Another Ottawa 67 leads defencemen in scoring. Noel Hoefenmayer leads the way with 14 points in 15 games. And right there with him is another Mississauga Steelhead in Nicolas Hague with 13 points in 13 games. Adam Thilander of the North Bay Battalion comes in third with 10 points in 15 games.

In goal, Windsor Spitfires’ Michael DiPietro leads in both goals against average and save percentage. His 2.10 GAA and .926 save percentage rank second and third respectively overall in the OHL.

Here are the leaders in various categories:

Points Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Owen Tippett Mississauga 14 13 5 18
Austen Keating Ottawa 15 6 12 18
Matthew Strome Hamilton 14 10 7 17
*Greg Meireles Kitchener 14 4 12 16
Ivan Lodnia Erie 13 8 7 15
Macauley Carson Sudbury 15 7 7 14
Nick Suzuki Owen Sound 15 6 8 14
Gabriel Vilardi Windsor 9 6 8 14
Noel Hoefenmayer Ottawa 15 5 9 14
Nicolas Hague Mississauga 13 8 5 13
Goal Scoring Leaders
Player Team GP G GPG
Owen Tippett Mississauga 14 13 0.93
Matthew Strome Hamilton 14 10 0.71
Ivan Lodnia Erie 13 8 0.62
Nicolas Hague Mississauga 13 8 0.62
Macauley Carson Sudbury 15 7 0.47
Sasha Chmelevski Ottawa 14 7 0.50
MacKenzie Entwistle Hamilton 14 7 0.50
Nate Schnarr Guelph 16 7 0.44
Austen Keating Ottawa 15 6 0.40
Gabriel Vilardi Windsor 9 6 0.67
Assist Leaders
Player Team GP A APG
Greg Meireles Kitchener 14 12 0.86
Austen Keating Ottawa 15 12 0.80
Noel Hoefenmayer Ottawa 15 9 0.60
Gabriel Vilardi Windsor 9 8 0.89
Robert Thomas London 13 8 0.62
Nick Suzuki Owen Sound 15 8 0.53
Ivan Lodnia Erie 13 7 0.54
Brett Neumann Erie 14 7 0.50
Matthew Strome Hamilton 14 7 0.50
Macauley Carson Sudbury 15 7 0.47
Defencemen Point Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Noel Hoefenmayer Ottawa 15 5 9 14
Nicolas Hague Mississauga 13 8 5 13
Adam Thilander North Bay 15 3 7 10
Markus Phillips Owen Sound 15 4 4 8
Tom Hedberg Barrie 12 2 6 8
Eemeli Rasanen Kingston 14 2 6 8
Nick Grima Peterborough 8 2 4 6
Dmitri Samarukov Guelph 15 0 6 6
Plus/Minus Leaders
Player Team GP +/-
Matthew Strome Hamilton 14 +9
Nick Suzuki Owen Sound 15 +9
Nick Grima Peterborough 8 +8
Brett Neumann Erie 14 +7
Owen Tippett Mississauga 14 +7
Macauley Carson Sudbury 15 +7
Ryan McGregor Sarnia 15 +7
Ivan Lodnia Erie 13 +6
Matthew Phillip Niagara 14 +6
Elijah Roberts Kitchener 14 +6
Penalty Minutes Leaders
Player Team GP PIM M/G
Drake Pilon Sudbury 15 28 1.87
Darian Pilon Sudbury 15 26 1.73
Zach Gallant Peterborough 14 25 1.79
Hayden Davis Niagara 14 21 1.50
Carson Edwardson Erie 9 20 2.22
Matthew Strome Hamilton 14 20 1.43
Cole Tymkin London 12 19 1.58
Faceoff Leaders 
Player Team GP FOA FOW %
Nate Schnarr Guelph 12 333 175 52.6
Zach Gallant Peterborough 14 256 133 52.0
Sasha Chmelevski Ottawa 14 225 127 56.4
Jason Willms Barrie 15 232 122 52.6
Jack Studnicka Oshawa 15 199 110 55.3
Morgan Frost Sault Ste Marie 16 194 98 50.5
Nick Suzuki Owen Sound 15 185 94 50.8
Adam Ruzicka Sarnia 15 207 93 44.9
Goaltending Leaders – Goals Against Average
Player Team GP Min GA Avg
Michael DiPietro Windsor 9 542 19 2.10
Matthew Villalta Sault Ste Marie 7 348 16 2.76
Kaden Fulcher Hamilton 12 667 34 3.06
Riler Daniels Owen Sound 4 195 10 3.08
Christian Propp Barrie 6 301 18 3.59
Goaltending Leaders – Save Percentage
Player Team GP SH SVS SV%
Michael DiPietro Windsor 9 257 238 0.926
Kaden Fulcher Hamilton 12 362 328 0.906
Colton Incze Niagara 3 117 106 0.906
Matthew Villalta Sault Ste Marie 7 155 139 0.897
Christian Propp Barrie 6 173 155 0.896

2017 OHL’s Draft Eligible Players by Team

Opening week of the Ontario Hockey League season has begun and here you’ll find all the players eligible for the first time for the 2017 National Hockey League Draft.

While there are some top notch players that will have their name’s called in June, It’s not a particularly strong or deep draft class from the O.

Michael DiPietro of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Michael DiPietro of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

On the high end, there is Gabriel Vilardi of the Windsor Spitfires, Owen Tippet and Nicolas Hague of the Mississauga Steelheads and Matthew Strome of the Hamilton Bulldogs to name a few. Standout goaltender Michael DiPietro of the Spitfires has the makeup to push for first round consideration as a goalie.

As for my season prediction, I like Hamilton versus Mississauga in the Eastern Final and London versus Windsor in the Western Final with London defeating Mississauga for the OHL Championship.

Here are the first time draft eligible players

# Rookie Player Pos Team
5 * Chris Cameron D Barrie Colts
7 * Kade Landry D Barrie Colts
8 Lucas Chiodo LW Barrie Colts
12 * Joey Keane D Barrie Colts
15 * Jaden Peca RW Barrie Colts
19 * Jason Willms C Barrie Colts
25 * Kyle Heitzner C Barrie Colts
26 * Tom Hedberg D Barrie Colts
17 Kyle Auger D Barrie Colts
31 Ruan Badenhorst G Barrie Colts
33 * Christian Propp G Barrie Colts
3 * Ryan Martin D Erie Otters
8 * Carson Edwardson C Erie Otters
13 Brett Neumann C Erie Otters
22 Josh Wainman D Erie Otters
27 Ivan Lodnia C Erie Otters
39 * Gera Puddbnyi C Erie Otters
40 * Anand Oberoi G Erie Otters
6 * Samuel Duchesne D Flint Firebirds
9 * Jack Phibbs LW Flint Firebirds
12 * Jake Durham RW Flint Firebirds
5 * Dmitri Samorukov D Guelph Storm
13 * Hanna Quinn D Guelph Storm
14 * Cedric Ralph C Guelph Storm
16 * Nate Schnarr C Guelph Storm
19 Isaac Ratcliffe LW Guelph Storm
20 Albert Michnac C Guelph Storm
22 Liam Stevens LW Guelph Storm
26 Nick Deakin-Poot C Guelph Storm
32 * Anthony Popovich G Guelph Storm
9 * Reilly Webb D Hamilton Bulldogs
11 * Isaac Nurse RW Hamilton Bulldogs
12 * Zachary Johnson LW Hamilton Bulldogs
15 * Fedor Gordeev D Hamilton Bulldogs
18 Matthew Strome LW Hamilton Bulldogs
28 Marian Studenic C Hamilton Bulldogs
44 MacKenzie Entwistle RW Hamilton Bulldogs
33 Kaden Fulcher G Hamilton Bulldogs
6 Jacob Paquette D Kingston Frontenacs
13 * Colin Van Den Hurk D Kingston Frontenacs
19 Jason Robertson LW Kingston Frontenacs
22 * Jakub Brahaney D Kingston Frontenacs
23 * Tyler Burnie RW Kingston Frontenacs
75 * Linus Nyman RW Kingston Frontenacs
77 * Eemeli Rosonen D Kingston Frontenacs
4 Joseph Garreffa C Kitchener Rangers
21 Nick McHugh LW Kitchener Rangers
25 * Alex Peterson D Kitchener Rangers
48 * Cedric Scheimenz C Kitchener Rangers
81 * Dylan Seitz C Kitchener Rangers
88 Greg Meireles RW Kitchener Rangers
98 Elijah Roberts D Kitchener Rangers
34 Luke Richardson G Kitchener Rangers
6 * Ryley Coome D London Knights
15 * Cole Tymkin RW London Knights
24 * Ian Blacker D London Knights
26 * Josh Nelson C London Knights
27 Robert Thomas C London Knights
42 * Jacob Golden D London Knights
80 * Alex Forementon LW London Knights
15 Shaw Boomhower C Mississauga Steelheads
17 * Scoley Dow LW Mississauga Steelheads
18 * Aidan McFarland LW Mississauga Steelheads
28 * Matthew Titus RW Mississauga Steelheads
41 Nicolas Hague D Mississauga Steelheads
74 Owen Tippet RW Mississauga Steelheads
94 * Jeremy Goodwin LW Mississauga Steelheads
3 Ben Jones C Niagara Ice Dogs
5 * Drew Hunter D Niagara Ice Dogs
6 Hayden Davis D Niagara Ice Dogs
16 * Danial Singer C Niagara Ice Dogs
18 * Matthew Philip C Niagara Ice Dogs
19 * Pavel Demin C Niagara Ice Dogs
20 * Ondrej Machala C Niagara Ice Dogs
27 * Cal Davis RW Niagara Ice Dogs
29 * Liam Ham D Niagara Ice Dogs
1 * Colton Incze G Niagara Ice Dogs
2 * Eric Allair D North Bay Battalion
3 Adam Thilander D North Bay Battalion
11 * Daniel Walker LW North Bay Battalion
20 Jacob Ball LW North Bay Battalion
22 Lyle Brady D North Bay Battalion
23 Daniil Vertiy LW North Bay Battalion
24 * Brad Chenier LW North Bay Battalion
27 * Adam McMaster C North Bay Battalion
35 * Mat Woroniuk G North Bay Battalion
3 * Jaimen Allison D Oshawa Generals
4 * Matt Stoia D Oshawa Generals
7 Sullivan Sparkes C Oshawa Generals
15 Kyle MacLean LW Oshawa Generals
17 Renars Krastenbergs LW Oshawa Generals
18 Robbie Burt RW Oshawa Generals
23 Jack Studnicka C Oshawa Generals
38 Kyle Keyser G Oshawa Generals
35 * Barrett Mundell G Oshawa Generals
2 Noel Hoefenmayer D Ottawa 67’s
5 * Andrei Golikov D Ottawa 67’s
9 Austen Keating LW Ottawa 67’s
16 * Ben Evans C Ottawa 67’s
18 Hudson Wilson D Ottawa 67’s
89 Sasha Chmelevski C Ottawa 67’s
5 Sean Durzi D Owen Sound Attack
7 * Zachary Roberts LW Owen Sound Attack
12 * Nick Pryce LW Owen Sound Attack
18 Markus Phillips D Owen Sound Attack
21 Jonah Gadjovich LW Owen Sound Attack
24 * Maksim Sushko RW Owen Sound Attack
37 Nick Suzuki C Owen Sound Attack
2 Cole Fraser D Peterborough Petes
7 Nick Grima D Peterborough Petes
11 Zach Gallant C Peterborough Petes
12 C. J. Clarke RW Peterborough Petes
15 * Nick Isaacson LW Peterborough Petes
23 * Matyas Svoboda LW Peterborough Petes
25 Igor Martynov LW Peterborough Petes
6 * Robert Proner D Saginaw Spirit
7 * Kyle Bollers LW Saginaw Spirit
9 Brady Gilmour C Saginaw Spirit
24 * Brock Hill D Saginaw Spirit
25 Kirill Maksimov RW Saginaw Spirit
49 Cole Coskey RW Saginaw Spirit
91 * Gianluca Fuoco LW Saginaw Spirit
20 * Brendan Bonello G Saginaw Spirit
19 Ryan McGregor LW Sarnia Sting
21 * Adam Ruzicka C Sarnia Sting
23 * Egert Curtis LW Sarnia Sting
27 * Sean Josling RW Sarnia Sting
28 * Kelton Hatcher D Sarnia Sting
30 * Aidan Hughes G Sarnia Sting
7 Anthony DeMeo D Soo Greyhounds
11 Mac Hollowell D Soo Greyhounds
15 Calvin Martin LW Soo Greyhounds
16 Morgan Frost C Soo Greyhounds
21 Connor Timmins D Soo Greyhounds
22 Liam Hawel C Soo Greyhounds
29 * Dougie Newhouse G Soo Greyhounds
31 * Matthew Villalta G Soo Greyhounds
7 Reagan O’Grady D Sudbury Wolves
8 * Conor Ali D Sudbury Wolves
12 Brady Pataki RW Sudbury Wolves
14 * Owen Lane LW Sudbury Wolves
18 Macauley Carson LW Sudbury Wolves
20 * Shane Bulitka LW Sudbury Wolves
22 Ben Garagan C Sudbury Wolves
28 Drake Pilon RW Sudbury Wolves
29 Darian Pilon LW Sudbury Wolves
30 * Drake McGrath G Sudbury Wolves
13 Gabriel Vilardi C Windsor Spitfires
26 * Cole Purboo RW Windsor Spitfires
29 * Jasper Forgrave RW Windsor Spitfires
61 Luke Boka RW Windsor Spitfires
31 * Lucas Patton G Windsor Spitfires
64 Michael DiPietro G Windsor Spitfires